Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

Trader Joe’s – Lys Kaffe – Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

05/20/2017

trader joe, review, price, whole bean coffee, lys kaffe, light coffeeMay 20, 2017
The beans are light brown with no oil.  Lys means light in Norwegian and Kaffe means coffee. All  the pieces fit together to support the claim on the package of “light roast”. The advantage of a light roast is that the  more delicate flavors in the coffee are brought to the front. They are not hidden behind stronger flavors brought out by a dark roast.

Made in a press, the coffee is on the thin and watery side. After all it’s a light roast by design. Once the mouth adjusts to the fact that this is supposed to be a light roast, there’s a nice flavor to the coffee. When cooled some there’s a bit of sourness.  There’s little to no acid and no bad tastes, making this a very smooth coffee. It’s a different experience and an enjoyable one at that. The coffee reminds me of the Jacobs Kronung coffee reviewed a long time ago.

While the taste is different, for comparison purposes, the “strength” of the coffee is somewhere above a strong tea.  For people who don’t like coffee, this may be a gentle way to give coffee a try.  For an everyday dark roast drinker, this is a way to take a break and clear the taste buds – think of  it as sort of a colon cleanse for the mouth?  Price $7.99 (12 ounce can).

For another reviewer’s thoughts on this coffee, see Become Betty here.

Trader Joe’s – Monsooned Malabar Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

04/30/2017

review, coffee, whole bean, trader joe, monsooned malabar, priceApril 30, 2017
This is a new small can which I hope does not indicate another trend of getting less for more.

Once opened, the beans have a nice medium brown color with a satiny finish.  The beans seem a bit oily for a medium roast.  This is a very earthy full-bodied tasting coffee with a bitter taste.  The bitterness is different from that produced by some darker roasts and unfortunately not any better.  Because of this bitterness this is not a coffee I’d pick up again.  If you like dark roast coffee, this may be for you – with a big may?

The can is 10 ounces, but at a price more indicative of a coffee packaged in a 13 ounce can.  That’s about a 30% increase per ounce for a coffee which is not very special.  Now it could be there is a limited supply of this coffee and this is simply a way for Trader Joe to ration it out so more people can try it.

As is often the case, Trader Joe has some creative writers doing product descriptions.  If you come across this coffee, be sure to read the story on the back of the can.  But do that in the store.  And after you do, put the can back on the shelf and drop a can of your regular coffee in your cart.  Price $6.99 (10 ounce can).

Trader Joe’s – Joe’s Dark Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

02/06/2017

Trader Joe, joe's dark coffee, whole bean, review, dark roastFebruary 6, 2017

I’ve been drinking this for a couple of weeks now as my daily coffee fix.  I’ve got nothing bad to say about it.  It’s a pretty decent coffee, and for a little less money than my usual brew (TJ Tarrazu).

This is not a very dark, dark roast.   Trader Joe does a pretty good job on their dark roasts. They manage to leave out most of the bitterness that some other dark roasts have.  There is some bitterness in the coffee, making this coffee less smooth than my normal coffee.  But it’s still not objectionable.  If you’re looking for a Starbucks-like dark roast, this ain’t it.

The beans come from Ethiopia and Brazil which may explain the difference in size of the beans in the can.  The coffee is not listed as organic or fair trade, if those things are important to you.

Price $4.99 (13 ounce can)

Starbucks – Medium Breakfast Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

12/31/2016

starbucks, breakfast blend, medium roast, whole bean, coffeeDecember 31, 2016
This was a gift.  Really this was a re-gift, which was probably a re-gift again from someone who picked up the bag and didn’t notice it was whole beans.  Whatever the tortuous path, it eventually ended with me as I have a coffee grinder.  I’m not proud.

The coffee has a mild but nice aroma in the bag.  The brown colored beans and oil are consistent with the indicated medium roast.  Brewed, the coffee has a fairly strong earthy flavor with a noticeable lingering bitterness.  There’s some acid feel and tartness, especially as the coffee cools, eventually settling (and unsettling) in the stomach.

This is a milder version of a typical Starbucks coffee. For those who like Starbucks, this should be a familiar taste.  It’s drinkable black.  Personally, I’d drink this with some half and half as I normally do the few times I’m in a Starbucks.  Price  ?? – it was a gift

Trader Joe’s Bolivian Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

11/19/2016

coffee, trader joe's, Bolivian Blend, medium dark roast, fair trade, organicNovember 18, 2016

The medium-dark brown fairly oily beans produce a nice aroma on opening the can.   Once brewed, the coffee produces a strong taste which is mildly bitter on the tongue.  As it cools, the coffee transitions to an earthy taste and the bitterness declines.  The bitterness is a good bitterness, like a good beer has some bitterness to it.  However as with many things, bitterness is an acquired taste.  If you’re adverse to bitter tastes, this may not be a coffee for you.  There’s some sense of acidity on the roof of the mouth and in the stomach.

This is a good coffee for people looking for a stronger tasting coffee without going over the edge.  The coffee is labeled as both organic and fair trade.   Price  $7.99 (14 oz can)

Specially Selected Colombian Popayan Ground Coffee – Food Review – ALDI

11/12/2016

ALDI, Colombian coffee, ground, specially selected, Popayan11/12/2016

Can single origin, 2 ounces less, 30 cents more, and a map of South America make a better cup of coffee?  In short, yes if you follow directions.

There’s not much aroma coming from the bag when first opened.  There’s not much aroma coming from the cup when brewed.  There’s not a horrible taste coming from the cup, but not much of a coffee taste either.  There’s a strange earthy/woody taste on first sip ending in a slightly bitter taste on the tongue and a little bit of acid feel in the stomach.  It’s not the best cup of coffee on the planet, but it’s entirely drinkable especially when taken with food.  Based on memory, compared to the other ALDI coffees reviewed here this is a better cup of coffee.  Price: $4.29

About directions:  I used too much coffee brewing my initial cups.  When I cut the amount down to just a little more than what’s recommended on the bag, the coffee was much better as reviewed above.

Trader Joe’s Tanzania Coffee – Food Review

10/01/2016

trader joe, whole bean coffee, Tanzania, dark roast, arabicaSeptember 30, 2016

The large dark brown oily beans produce a bitter and somewhat watery cup of coffee.  The bitterness has a short delay before hitting the sensory input of the brain.  The initial bitterness subsides quickly after the first sip or two.  However that’s replaced by a less noticeable lingering general bitterness in the whole mouth.  It’s not a horrible coffee, it’s just not my cup of tea.

Of note is the new packaging.  At least this is new to Trader Joe’s.  The outside of the bag is a semi shiny paper.  At the top is a resealable “zipper” style slot which allows access to the beans inside.  However the zipper isn’t located on the top seam so the bag can’t be opened wide.  The zipper placement makes it more difficult to get a scoop in and out to extract the beans.  As the bag empties, the difficulty increases.  Small hands are an asset here.   Inside, the bag is lined with the usual plastic coated shiny foil.  The bag is larger than a “normal” 12 ounce coffee bag.  It’s somewhat surprising that TJ didn’t take some space on the bag to describe in their usual flowery language the new bag.    Price $7.99 (12 ounce bag).

Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee – Food Review

08/20/2016

OrganicSumatraCoffee-TJAugust 20, 2016

The beans are large and dark with a satin sheen provided by a moderate amount of oil.  The beans have a ‘roast’, but not burnt, aroma.  Lacking is a real coffee aroma.   First sip of the brewed coffee is bitter.  The coffee remains bitter throughout the cup with the usual lessening due to the coffee cooling and the mouth adjusting to the bitterness.  The bitterness overwhelms any other characteristics of the coffee. This is not a cup of coffee I look forward to having tomorrow. Comparing to my review of another Trader Joe’s Sumatra coffee from 2015, this appears to be a very similar coffee.  A very coarse (chunky) grind and strictly controlling the brew time helps eliminate some of the bitterness producing a better, but still bitter, cup of coffee.   Nice can design.

The coffee is labeled fair trade and organic.  Price $7.99 for a 13 ounce can.

 

WPC – Morning – A Poem (sort of) – Photography

08/07/2016
Morning breaks when the first rays of the new sun caress the horizon.
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To see what else crosses the horizon, click here.

Trader Joe’s Guatemalan Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

06/26/2016

Trader Joe, Guatemalan Coffee, Extra Dark Roast, whole bean, organic, fair tradeHere’s another good whole bean coffee from Central America and Trader Joe’s.  This is labeled as both fair trade and organic.  The whole beans are given an extra dark roast.

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